Victory against Japan on Tuesday means that England Women go through to the quarter finals of the 2011 World Cup as winners of Group B and they have a winnable last eight match against France at Bayer Leverkusen’s ground on Saturday.
England can be backed at 23/10 (Victor Chandler) to claim victory and they produced a strong performance to beat their Japanese opponents 2-0, with Hope Powell pleased with the fact that there has been five different scorers for the team so far.
The fact that Kelly Smith has not been among them is a surprise, although the team’s lynchpin is 5/1 with Coral (£25 free bet) to open the scoring in this match and there is a real belief among the squad that they can reach the final.
The French are 5/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to claim victory and Les Bleus beat Nigeria and Canada to earn a place in the quarter final before losing to hosts Germany in an entertaining 4-2 defeat.
Germany are now odds-on with every bookmaker to win the 2011 World Cup and it is hard to bet against them considering they have home advantage. Bet365 (£200 free bets) are one of the few holding odds of 10/11, although Brazil Women (9/2 Paddy Power) and USA Women (6/1 Ladbrokes) have also been going well.
Brazil and the States will meet in the quarter finals on Sunday, with America having been surprisingly beaten by Sweden in Group C which accounts for the fact that they have a tough draw.